If you believe buying flavoured water is a healthy option for you and your family, you may like to think again.

That's because many of these flavoured waters contain staggeringly high amounts of sugar. One popular brand contains 27.5g of sugar in its standard 500ml bottle. That's the equivalent of seven teaspoons of sugar - or a plateful of Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

Manufacturers are keen to promote the "health" benefits of these products, but they risk having their adverts banned. Only last month Coca- Cola had to drop adverts for describing their vitamin water, containing up to 30g of sugar (equivalent to 5 teaspoons) as "nutritious".

This followed This Water's campaign also being dropped, for containing as much as 50g of sugar per 500ml (equivalent to five and a half Krispy Kreme doughnuts).  Disturbingly This Water is part of the Innocent drinks company, which markets smoothies and prides itself on its healthy credentials.

Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said "The only water children should be drinking is tap water.

"We are seeing children raised on sweetened drinks having their teeth extracted at age three, and it's pernicious."


Posted by Penny Hosie on 21.2.11
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